Re: audiobook copyright issues

Kim Crowley (
Tue, 7 Jan 2003 15:05:02 -0800 (PST)


I've never thought of doing that (too much work? illegal?). We just save
the partial cassette set to cannibalize for the remaining set. We only
save the very popular items and do the same for video sets.

Kim Crowley, Technology Coordinator
City of Fort Collins Public Library
201 Peterson Street phone: 970.221.6662
Fort Collins, CO 80524 fax: 970.221.6398

On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Scott Lehman wrote:

> Sorry to be slightly off the subject of videos, but while we are on the
> copyright subject...
> Our library has a huge collection of audiobooks, both on cassette and CD.
> If a single cassette or CD gets broken (or a patron loses it), we try to
> get a replacement of the single cassette or CD from the company. The larger
> companies offer replacement tapes/CDs, but some companies do not. And of
> course some are out of print. Since we have multiple copies of many of
> these audiobooks in our collection, if we can't get one from the company,
> we will occasionally make a copy of the cassette or CD.
> There are two reasons for this: first, I don't like having to withdraw a
> $100 item with 20 tapes or discs just because one is missing, and second, I
> feel as though the copy is an "archived" copy, and we still have the same
> number of copyrighted items as what we have paid for. Whether this argument
> holds up, or it is just me trying to assuage my guilt, I'm not sure.
> Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I would prefer to order only from
> companies that offer replacements, but that just isn't possible.
> -Scott Lehman
> Scott Lehman
> Audio Visual Services
> Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library